The earlier on in childhood the abuse or neglect was, the more repetitive and severe the self harm is (109). The stereotypes that people have against self harm are not necessarily true. The reason behind why some people who experienced chronic child abuse self harm is because they want to release the feeling of emotional pain that they cannot bear because they see it as “a form of self-preservation” ironically, the people who do self harm are not pleased with their behavior and are often “ashamed and disgusted” by it
However, some people believe that abuse is discipline, but where is the line drawn? Abuse in the life of juveniles leaves a great impact on a child whether positive or negative. A child can be mistreated in various ways, though, the main focus for this paper is physically abuse. Physical abuse is the excessive and deliberate hitting on a child. Physical manhandle is damage coming about because of physical hostility.
"Children abuse is when a parent or caregiver, whether through action or failing to act, causes injury, death, emotional harm or risk of serious harm to a child". Children abuse is a huge problem because it can affects the brain and their mental health, it also can affect their adulthood, and sometimes it cause death and sometimes it leads to suicide as well. This problem is a social problem that affect the society in a bad way. There is many types of child abuse, but the most common one is the physical abuse. It can cause injury and mental issues, it can also cause trust issues and anger mange issues, but the most important that is can lead to criminal behavior and violence according to Alitthad Newspaper.
Child abuse is a serious issue these days and has caused severe effects in lives of children. It can also be because of parent’s negligence towards their children. Neglect is a form of abuse which can be because of low family financial status as because basic necessities of life are missing from child’s life. In such situation, child feels totally neglected or less loved by parents. Neglect occurs when parents show no affection and have bad relations with their kids.
Generally, physical abuse refers to non-accidental physical injury as a result of use of physical forces against a child, which is inflicted by a parent, caregiver, or other person who has responsibility for the child (Children Welfare, 2013). The abusive behaviours include punching, beating, kicking, biting, shaking, throwing, stabbing, choking, hitting (with a hand, stick, strap, or other object), burning, shoving and poisoning physically. The induction or fabrication of an illness by a parent or caregiver known as Munchausen Syndrome is also considered physically abusive behaviour (Bromfield, 2005; World Health Organization [WHO], 2006). Emotional abuse or psychological abuse refers to inappropriate verbal or symbolic acts of parents or caregiver towards a child which impairs a child’s emotional development. Such acts of commission or omission have a large probability of damaging child’s self-esteem or social competence (Bromfield, 2005; WHO, 2006).
Parents negative responses towards an event influences their child 's behavior. Child abuse leaves child with long lasting effects of injuries and physical illnesses. Parents that abuse their child typically come from abusive childhoods themselves. They commonly began to abuse because of unrealistic expectation, alcohol and drugs, lack of support, emotional disorders. The center for disease, control, and prevention stated in their article “Child Abuse and Neglect: Consequences”, “At least one in four children have experienced child neglect or abuse at some point in their lives, and one in seven children experienced abuse or neglect in the last year” (Center for disease, control, and prevention, 3).
3. Conclusion In conclusion, a child negligence is the most common form of maltreatment and is not easy to notice, until at a later stage, where the damage is already done. The costs associates with pervasive and long-lasting effects of child neglect is as undeniable as our obligation to prevent this problem. Therefore our attention and effort is the most crucial in order to overcome this child abuse and to solve this social
These unreported or untreated child sexual abuse not only strips away the childhood from the children and destroys families; it also leaves offenders free to abuse and scar the future generations. Neglect Neglect is usually known as depriving a child of adequate food, clothing, shelter, supervision, medical care and education. Neglect also does harm to children but it is not as active as the other forms of abuse as mentioned above. Lack of love, care and attention will lead to having a consistent bad hygiene, dirty appearing, knotted and unwashed hair, or noticeable body odor which are the signs of an unattended child. While people usually think of child abuse has to do with sexual or physical assault, we should also understand that most of the child abuse cases involve neglects and it is a form of emotional abuse.
"Child Abuse and Neglect" says that Physical abuse can include "striking a child with the hand, fist, or foot or with an object, burning, shaking, pushing, or throwing a child; pinching or biting the child, pulling a child by the hair or cutting off a child’s air." However, physical abuse is considered to be a use of punishment in wrecked as well as normal families such as the use of physical force with the intent of inflicting bodily pain, but not injury, for the purpose of correction or control or discipline. Yet, there is a thin line between physical punishment and abuse which many parents seem to lack notice of. "Child Abuse and Neglect" explains that the level of force used by an angry or frustrated parent can easily get out of hand and lead to injury. Emotional or verbal abuse is one of the worst forms of mistreatment due to its invisibility.
It is found that from the years 2009 to 2013, a documented 63,000 children were reported as victims of sexual abuse or harassment. Statistically, it is also found that every eight minutes, Child Protective Services find evidence or claims of child sex abuse. The effects of this abuse can be long-lasting and consequently affects the mental health of a victim. It is found that victims who encounter sexual harassment are four times as likely to develop drug abusiveness, post traumatic stress disorders, and three times as likely to develop anxiety or depressive episodes (Children and Teens: Statistics). The consequences of sexual abuse are not only found to be confined to the times of incidents but develop lasting effects on the victims long after the incident occurs.